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Leadership Crisis Rock CAPDAN, Computer Village Association



The Computer and Allied Products Dealer Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN), the market association of Ikeja Computer Village, has been thrown into leadership turmoil as a result of the inability of the present executive led by Adeniyi Ojikutu, to handover over to a Caretaker Committee appointed by the Board of Trustees as their tenure has expired in line with the constitutional provisions.

The situation led to invitation of heavily armed policemen from Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the Police from Area F, to prevent breakdown of law and order at the CAPDAN secretariat, located inside Ikeja Computer Village.

Nigeria CommunicationsWeek gathered that the current CAPDAN Executive, led by its president, Mr. Adeniyi Ojikutu, has completed the stipulated two terms in office according to the constitution, but refused to conduct election and handover to another executive, a situation that compelled CAPDAN Board of Trustees to legally constitute a caretaker committee that will take over from the current Exco and conduct election within two months as enshrined in the CAPDAN constitution.

A letter written by the Board of Trustees to the current CAPDAN executive, dated July 30th, 2018, which was made available to the media, read: Please refer to our letter dated 10th July, 2018, particularly to paragraph three thereof concerning the plan by the Caretaker Committee to takeover from the present executive members and conduct a fresh election in line with the provisions of the constitution.

The Board of Trustees, in the letter, listed the members of the caretaker committee to include: Mr. Tunde Aremu as Chairman; Chief Viginus Odinaka as Vice Chiarman; Mr. James Odia as Secretary, Alhaji Tope Alebiosu as member and Mrs. Joke Sofowora as member.

The letter further informed the Ojikutu-led CAPDAN executive that the caretaker committee shall be officially inaugurated on Friday August 3, 2018 at the CAPDAN Secretariat, while requesting the support of the current executive for a peaceful handover.

Having written the letter, the caretaker committee gathered for the inauguration and handover, but they were surprised to see the presence of armed Policemen who prevented them from holding the inauguration and handover in the secretariat. The Police told them that there was an order from the Commissioner of Police, asking both factions to meet at Area F Police Command same day.

At the meeting, which was attended by the Police Area Commander, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and the two factions, the Police ordered the current CAPDAN executive to return back to the market, and hold a meeting with the Board of Trustees to settle their differences and report back to the Police.

Reacting to the situation, Ojikutu said the caretaker committee was illegally constituted without the presence of CAPDAN President and Secretary.

He equally said the committee wanted to force him out of office whereas he has not completed his three years of one tenure as stipulated by the constitution.

“The constitution allows for three years tenure and we have spent just two years, and they want us out,” Ojikutu said.

Aremu however said two years tenure was stipulated by the constitution and that letters have been sent to the current executive members over two months ago, reminding them to vacate office at the expiration of their tenure, but that they have refused to obey the constitution, hence the caretaker committee was set up by the Board of Trustees.

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Uber Extends Safety Toolkit Launch for Riders, Drivers to Nigeria



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Uber  to double down on safety and roll out Safety Toolkit for riders and drivers across 38 countries, including Nigeria; Features to include Safety Centre, Trusted Contacts, Share Trip, emergency assistance button and customisable speed alerts

This week Uber announced the new Safety Toolkit which, over the next few weeks, will be rolled out to the millions of riders, drivers and delivery-partners using the app across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The toolkit will introduce new innovative features which aim to raise the bar on safety, and increase transparency, accountability and peace of mind for all users.

Since launching the app, Uber has provided millions of people with technology that allows them to get a ride at the push of a button, track every trip with GPS technology and report any issues 24/7 with a dedicated safety team.

With the introduction of new safety features, the company aims to double down on safety and help make the Uber community safer.

Features that will be introduced as part of the new rider and driver safety toolkit, include:

Emergency button – With the push of a button in the app, riders, drivers and delivery-partners can connect directly to private emergency services and security response when needed through a third party private security supplier

Trusted Contacts – Riders can now easily designate five friends or family members as “trusted contacts” and, with a single tap, share their trip information which are easily customisable in their trip sharing preferences.

Safety Centre – A new app-housed safety information hub where users can find information on some of the key existing safety tools in the app, including our 24/7 team, information on the driver and the car, trip GPS-tracking and our rating and feedback system.

Speed alerts – A feature which reminds drivers and delivery partners to maintain a safe speed within the posted speed limits.

These new safety features will be a phased rollout, not all riders, drivers and delivery partners will have access to the features immediately.

“With more than 15 million trips on the Uber app every day, there is nothing more important than the safety of riders, drivers and couriers. Over the last year we’ve been working to develop innovative products that increase transparency, accountability and peace of mind for all users.

The rollout of our new Safety Toolkit features across Europe, Middle East and Africa is the next step in making sure that we’re helping everyone stay safe and connected, wherever you might be,” says Sachin Kansal, Uber’s Global Head of Safety Product.

Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has made safety a top priority for 2018. Since joining the company, he has introduced a number of changes including Injury Protection cover for driver’s, delivery-partners and riders, driving hour limits and Driver Share my Trip.

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Okeremi Urges NIMC to Creating Additional Biometric Centres to Expedite NIN Registration



Ronke Okeremi, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Arit of Africa, in addressing the inadequacy of centres, has urged NIMC to create more physical and mobile registration centres in order to speed up the enrolment of more Nigerians.

Okeremi while speaking on the need to hasten up the programme suggested that the creation of more centres across the country will solve the issue of slow pace of registration and boost the morale of Nigerians in the urban and rural areas to participate in the exercise.

The technology expert who is managing the oldest information and communication technology [ICT] in Nigeria reiterated that one of the logjams associated with the NIN programmes is the inadequate registration centres especially in some remote areas in the country.

She therefore called on NIMC to equally train its field officers in order for them to give their utmost in the discharge of their duties, in respect to the NIN registration exercise.

“Operators who are enrolling the citizens must be properly trained and biometric acquisition and authentication processes must be adequately defined.

“Mobile biometric enrolment kits can be used to provide biometric registration where it is required and it is especially useful for enrolment in outskirts and in the remote areas.

“A biometric system is made credible by ensuring that quality biometric acquisition devices are utilised and by installing software that ensures the quality of captured biometric and security of the biometric system”, she said.

Since the period the National Identity Management Commission [NIMC] was established to provide sustainable world-class identity management solution to affirm identity, enhance governance and service delivery in Nigeria, the government agency has experienced setbacks in enrolling Nigerians properly.

Among these challenges are ineffective and inefficient enrolment exercise, which include lack of adequate registration centres, extortion of enrollees before they could be enrolled, lack power supply and unavailable internet facility among others.

These challenges have rendered the enrolment exercise comatose, resulting in slow pace of work, which has further left many Nigerians frustrated, dejected and disinterested in the NIN exercise.

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Nigerian Startup Celebrates Female Heroes



Social media in recent weeks has been agog with the celebration of iconic Nigerian women, by Nigerian female entrepreneurs from all walks of life, who have been commemorating their female heroes.


618Bees, a Nigerian tech start-up, began the ‘Naija Woman Hero’ contest where women are required to post a photo of their all-time iconic Nigerian woman on Instagram, using the hashtag #NaijaWomanHero, and tagging @618Bees.


Thousands of female entrepreneurs have nominated their iconic Nigerian women and the contest has started a resurgence of some sort since the competition began.


The competition has seen thousands of posts since the contest began on October 1st.


According to the BBC, Nigeria has the highest number of female entrepreneurs in the world and who often struggle to secure investment, with banks always requiring collaterals, like properties, which women often do not have.


Without access to capital, it is difficult for a lot of women to grow their businesses.


In a bid to make life easier for women, 618 Bees is offering hundreds of woman the opportunity to start their own businesses by registering the businesses for free.

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